"We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives." - John F. Kennedy All Danville Schools will be closed November 24-26, 2021, for Thanksgiving Break. The Administration Office will be closed November 25-26, 2021. Classes will resume on November 29, 2021.
Dear DCSC Parents, Guardians and Staff, The days and nights are getting colder, so we'd like to remind you of our weather delay and cancellation policies. Additionally, we ask that you please take a moment to make sure your contact information is up to date so you receive emergency alerts directly. School weather delays and cancellations: how do we decide? Making the decision to delay or cancel school due to weather conditions is not something we take lightly at Danville Community Schools. It not only impacts the schedules of our staff, parents and guardians, it involves our number one priority: student safety.
Weather delays and cancellations can be attributed to fog, ice, snow and even temperature. During the colder months when we are most affected by low temperatures, ice and snow, our Superintendent Dr. Tracey Shafer and our Director of Transportation Mr. Charles Heiss are up around 4 a.m. to personally drive district roads and check our school buses in the transportation lot. After consulting with Mr. Heiss on the conditions of our fleet, Dr. Shafer also confers with our Director of Facilities Mr. Richard Land on the conditions of school parking lots and sidewalks. Our Maintenance Department does the early morning treatment of our lots to provide safe travel and walkways for the start of school. Additionally, Dr. Shafer will discuss the situation with neighboring school corporation superintendents before making a decision.
If fog, ice or snow are impacting travel conditions even in our most rural areas of the school district, we may decide to delay so fog may lift, ice may be salted or snow may be plowed. If we think these conditions won’t improve in two hours, we may decide to cancel school or use an eLearning Day for all students.
Since we don’t have indoor storage for our school bus fleet, ice and temperature can have an impact on our buses. Sometimes the temperatures are so low, it causes mechanical issues and we have trouble getting our buses to start. Sometimes the doors are frozen shut or the temperature inside the bus isn’t safe for our students or staff. When temperatures reach -5F, we start to see mechanical issues with our buses. Around -10F, temperatures can prevent our school buses from functioning.
We also take into consideration the amount of time our students will be standing outside waiting on the bus. We pay close attention to the wind chill and consult a chart provided by the National Weather Service. The chart notes the wind speed and temperature along with exposure times for frostbite. When students are at risk of frostbite for a 20 to 30 minute exposure, we consider delays or cancellation. Delays, however, are only two hours long and temperature may not change drastically in such a short amount of time. In these instances, a cancellation or eLearning Day may be more appropriate. We always encourage parents and guardians to make sure their children are properly clothed while waiting for the bus with coats, hats and gloves. If you need support securing these items for you child, please don't hesitate to contact your child's school office to be connected with community resources. Support may also be found through the Hendrick County Health Partnership clothing resource webpage .
We try to make a decision on school delays or cancellations by 5:30 a.m. Once Dr. Shafer makes the decision, our Communications Coordinator Mrs. Ashton Brellenthin begins getting the message out. She first shares it via text, email and/or app notification through ParentSquare to staff, parents and guardians with an emergency alert. (Keeping your contact information up to date will ensure that you receive these alerts first. Please call or message your child's school to update your contact information.) Next, Mrs. Brellenthin will update the school website and the DCSC Facebook and Twitter accounts. Finally, she contacts local media stations to list our delay or closure on their broadcast and website.
For days when cancelling in-person education is necessary, we will likely utilize an eLearning Day so our students don’t have to add days on to the end of the year. Parents and guardians will receive this information in the cancellation notification should the decision be made to utilize eLearning. On eLearning Days, assignments should be posted by 9 a.m. in Schoology. Please contact your child’s teacher during their office hours of 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on eLearning Days if you have any questions.
Other special considerations for delays and cancellations are in our Little Warrior Learning Center Preschool and our PACE before and after school care program. These two programs are ONLY closed when a county or state emergency has been issued and roads are closed to everyone except emergency personnel. Even if North Elementary, South Elementary, Danville Community Middle School and Danville Community High School are all delayed or closed, Little Warrior Learning Center Preschool and PACE will open at the normally scheduled time UNLESS there is a county or state emergency issued. The a.m. developmental preschool at North Elementary, however, is a program separate from the Little Warrior Learning Center Preschool and DOES NOT open during a delay or cancellation.
School delays and cancellations are never convenient for anyone, but the safety of our students always comes first. We also understand, especially in some of the more rural parts of our district, that road conditions on personal property might vary. As a parent or guardian, you ultimately have the final decision on sending your child to school if we do not delay or cancel in these situations. If you have any questions about school delays or closures, please contact the Administration Office at 317-745-2212. Sincerely, DCSC Administration
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See the Difference DCSC Newsletter Vol. 4, Issue 3
Have a safe and relaxing fall break, Warriors!! All Danville Schools will be closed October 11-15, 2021. The Administration Office will only be closed October 15, 2021. Classes will resume on October 18, 2021.
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See the Difference DCSC Newsletter Vol. 4, Issue 2
Dear DCSC Parents and Guardians, If your child rides school transportation, please remind them to put their face mask on prior to boarding the bus and to keep their face mask on at all times during their ride. Per federal mandate, masks are required on school buses for all individuals regardless of their vaccination status. The changes made by the DCSC Board of School Trustees at the September meeting do not apply to school transportation. Students and staff must wear a face mask at all times on school transportation. DCSC transportation and school staff have been reminding our students of this federal requirement. Students who do not wear their face masks on the bus will first be given a verbal warning. After the second offense, a written warning will be sent to the parent/guardian. Students who continue to disregard the face mask mandate will lose their riding privileges on school transportation. Thank you for your support as we work to keep school transportation as safe as possible! Sincerely, DCSC Administration
Dear DCSC Parents and Guardians, We are experiencing issues with our phones at all school buildings and in the Administration Office. There is currently a national carrier service issue taking place and they are working to resolve the problem. If you need to contact your child's school during this time, please utilize the front office email accounts listed below. North Elementary - email@example.com South Elementary - firstname.lastname@example.org Danville Community Middle School - email@example.com Danville Community High School - firstname.lastname@example.org Little Warrior Learning Center Preschool - email@example.com We will send an update via ParentSquare when service is returned. Thank you for your patience! Sincerely, DCSC Administration [Tuesday, Sep 28 at 10:05 AM] The issues with our phones from yesterday seem to be resolved at this time. Thank you!